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Ivan's Story: From America With Love

December 19, 2014
Two years ago, Russia imposed a ban on adoptions by U.S. citizens. One couple from Arizona, Melanie and Jay Brederik, adopted their son Ivan from Tomsk before the ban came into force. Volunteers had been unable to find a Russian family for the toddler, who was born with only one arm and no legs. More
December 2014

Video Flowers And Devastation At Peshawar School

Crowds of people have been laying flowers at the Army Public School in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, where Taliban militants killed 141 people. Inside the school, the auditorium where most of the pupils were killed was a scene of utter devastation.

Video As Ruble Falls, Tajik Village Suffers

The Russian ruble has collapsed, but the effects are not only being felt in Russia. In the Tajik village of Eloki, marriages are being canceled and houses left half-built as remittances from migrant laborers dry up. Nearly every family has been affected – this is one family’s story.

Video Peshawar Shuts Down To Honour Victims Of Taliban Attack

Shops and public buildings were closed in Peshawar on December 17, as three days of official mourning began to honor the victims of the Taliban attack on a school the previous day in which 141 people were killed. Traffic in the usually congested city was thin. An anti-Taliban protest was also held.

Video Peshawar Mourns Its Dead

Funerals were held in Peshawar on December 17, for children killed in the Taliban attack on a school the previous day. The death toll stands at 132 children and nine staff members, while many more are wounded in hospital. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Muscovites Worried As Ruble Tumbles

Muscovites shared their concerns about the falling ruble on December 16, as the Russian currency hit historic lows of nearly 80 to the dollar before partially recovering later. The collapse came despite the central bank hiking its key interest rate to 17 percent the previous day.

Video Tears And Coffins At Peshawar Hospital As Death Toll Mounts

Distraught parents were in tears as children were admitted to Peshawar's Lady Reading hospital on December 16 following the Taliban attack on a school in the city. As the death toll from the attacks rose, coffins were seen being loaded into vehicles in front of the hospital. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Russia Is Back In Afghanistan -- With Millions In Investment

Russia has been investing heavily in Afghanistan for the past two years, restoring once-abandoned factories and funding new infrastructure ventures. Moscow’s outlay on scores of projects marks its return to a country the Soviet Union considered part of its strategic backyard.

Video Poland's First Openly Gay Mayor: 'Ready For Change'

Robert Biedron, the first openly gay mayor of a Polish city, was sworn in to his new position this week in the town of Slupsk. This autumn, while serving in parliament, Biedron spoke to RFE/RL about what he sees as the steadily growing acceptance of gay rights in Poland.

Video Battling The Cold At East Ukraine Checkpoint

As winter sets in, fighters in eastern Ukraine face a new enemy -- the cold. At a pro-government checkpoint north of Mariupol on December 8, soldiers from the Poltava volunteer brigade said they lacked winter uniforms, boots, and thermal underwear. (Evhen Solonyna, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Remembering The First Chechen War

Twenty years later after the first Chechen conflict, RFE/RL looks back at the destruction wrought upon Grozny.

Video Power Cut, 'Bomb Threat' Disrupt Khodorkovsky Speech

Supporters of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his pro-reform Open Russia project held a conference in St. Petersburg on December 7, where the Kremlin critic delivered a speech by video link. While Khodorkovsky spoke, the electricity went off in the conference room and police tried to dismiss the guests.

Video Afghan Families Fear Winter Without Food, Shelter

Hundreds of thousands of Afghans have been displaced by Taliban attacks and other violence, fleeing to safer havens within the country. In the western city of Herat, a bastion of relative peace, displaced people have set up a makeshift camp by a busy road as they wait for assistance.

Video The Battle For Pisky – The Village That’s Key To Controlling Donetsk Airport

Despite the announcement of a new cease-fire around Donetsk, there have been reports of continued fighting around the airport and the nearby village of Pisky where a mix of Ukrainian government forces, volunteers, and Right Sector nationalists have been fighting separatists.

Video Interview: Gazprom Must Play By EU Rules, Says EU Vice-President

European Commission Vice-President and Energy Commissioner Maros Sefcovic told RFE/RL that Russia's South Stream gas pipeline could be revived if Moscow understood that Gazprom had to abide by EU energy market rules. This week Russia announced it was abandoning the project.

November 2014

Video Sikhs And Hindus Flee Afghanistan As NATO Pulls Back

Hundreds of Sikhs and Hindus have fled Afghanistan this year, citing mounting persecution and fears of the Taliban as international forces wind down their military presence. The few thousand who remain describe a community under siege.

Video In Northwest Pakistan, Riders Revive Ancient Game Of Neza Bazi

Pakistani horsemen showed off their equestrian skills in the game of neza bazi -- known in English as tent pegging -- at a recent tournament in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. Though the sport has its roots in military maneuvers, organizers said they wanted the event to send a message of peace.

Video As Fight Against IS Rages, Turkish Camps Overflow With Kobani Refugees

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Kobani and the surrounding region of Syria as Islamic State militants battle for control of the city. Many have sought refuge in the Turkish town of Suruc, where refugee camps are barely able to house the growing numbers.

Video Violence Erupts in Ferguson, Missouri

Unrest erupted in the U.S. city of Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer with any crime for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. Despite pleas for peace from community leaders, protesters looted shops and set fire to buildings.

Video The Village On The Ukrainian Front Line

The Ukrainian village of Krymske lies on the front line. Government forces are dug in around the village, but civilians face frequent artillery fire from Russian-backed separatists. Many feel they have no choice but to stay -- and take their chances with the shells falling around them.

Video Displaced Ukrainians Seek Safety On Both Sides Of Russian Border

Some have traveled by train to southern Russia; others have found refuge in quieter parts of Ukraine. But all those displaced by the conflict in eastern Ukraine have one thing in common: They are seeking safety and a chance to return to an ordinary life.

Video Ukrainian Campaigners Cry Foul As Ex-Minister's Palace Revealed

An RFE/RL investigation reveals the opulent palace of the former Ukrainian environment minister, Mikola Zlochevskiy, who served under ousted President Viktor Yanukovych. Activists demand an investigation into Zlochevskiy, whose business links include the son of the U.S. vice president.

Video A Father's Legacy

The Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and RFE/RL to promote free media in the Balkans, is inspired by Jiri Dienstbier Sr.’s outstanding work in the fields of journalism, foreign policy, and human rights.

Video Russian Sanctions Help Feed Crimean Oysters

Sergei Kulik has been producing oysters and mussels in Crimea for the past six years. His business has received an unexpected boost since the Russian government imposed retaliatory sanctions on Western food products in August, forcing seafood suppliers to shop closer to home.

Video Ukraine: One Family's Dramatic Year

Halyna Trofanyuk started 2014 at the freezing protest camp on the Maidan. It was a decision that also had far-reaching consequences for her personal life: a relationship won and lost, a grandson conceived on the Maidan. But Halyna, now disillusioned, says she’s ashamed to have joined the protests.

Video Karzai Says International Forces 'Supported Violence In Afghanistan'

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai says international forces in Afghanistan were sometimes stoking violence in the country rather than trying to reduce it, in the second part of an exclusive interview with RFE/RL.

Video Karzai Blames U.S. For Taliban 'Sanctuaries' In Pakistan

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the U.S. has ignored the problem of the Taliban using Pakistan as a ''sanctuary'' from which to launch attacks in Afghanistan. In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL he describes what he calls his ''tense'' relationship with Washington.

Video Czechs Mark Velvet Revolution's 25th Anniversary

Czechs on November 17 marked the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the peaceful protest movement that brought an end to communist rule in Czechoslovakia. Thousands of protesters used the anniversary to denounce what they said is the current president's poor record on human rights.

Video From Student Protests To War Zones

At 21, Simon Panek led student protests against the communists in Prague. After the revolution, Panek set up People In Need, providing aid and supporting human rights from the Balkans to Ukraine and beyond. Just as Czechs benefited from outside support during communism, now they provide it.

Video 'Cyborg' Tells Of Donetsk Airport Battles

Serhiy Halyan, 22, was one of the Ukrainian government troops defending Donetsk airport from Russian-backed separatists. These forces have acquired a semi-mythical status in Ukraine, known as ''cyborgs'' for their staunch resistance. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video EU's Hahn Warns Danger Of New Russia Sanctions

EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said on November 11 that the elections held in separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine meant that some EU member states may come forward with proposals for additional sanctions on Russia. (RFE/RL)

Video American Peshmerga Fighter: 'Let's Cripple IS'

Jordan Matson is a 28-year-old U.S. army veteran who has volunteered to fight with Kurdish Peshmerga forces. He has spent two months fighting with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) against Islamic State militants.

October 2014

Video In Hungary, Rising Nationalism Overshadows Legacy Of 1989

Twenty-five years ago, Hungary declared the creation of a new democratic republic, bringing its communist era to an end. But some Hungarians say the democratic gains of 1989 are threatened by the ruling Fidesz party, while the ultranationalist Jobbik party is pulling the country even further right.

Video Revealed: The Palaces Of Ukraine's Oil And Gas Men

Ukrainian Service correspondent Natalie Sedletska used cars, a boat, and even a drone to track down the mansions of two Yanukovych-era Naftogaz execs who are this weekend running for parliament -- and the immunity from prosecution that goes with it.

Video Revealed: The Palaces Of Ukraine's Energy Oligarchs

A short drive from Kyiv stand the twin palaces of two Yanukovych-era executives at Ukraine's state energy company Naftohaz. Police have been investigating allegations of fraud at the company worth hundreds of millions of dollars. (A special report by Natalie Sedletska of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Kyrgyz Victims Recount Horrors Of Sex Trafficking

Gulnaz and Salima, two young Kyrgyz women, each went abroad to pursue a job offer, only to be abused, threatened, and forced into prostitution by their so-called employers. They are among countless Kyrgyz women who have become the victims of human trafficking.

Video Central Asians Swell IS Ranks

Hundreds of Islamist fighters have traveled from Central Asia to Syria to swell the ranks of Islamic State militants. Governments which have been fighting home-grown militant movements since the fall of the Soviet Union now fear a new threat to their own security.

Video Ukrainians Balk At Renting Apartments To Displaced People

As growing numbers of displaced people flee the conflict in eastern Ukraine, many find that an earlier atmosphere of solidarity has significantly cooled. In western cities, some landlords are refusing to rent apartments to IDPs, claiming that the displaced are taking advantage of relief efforts.

Video Khodorkovsky's Open Russia Project Aims To Be 'Political Force'

Former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has relaunched his Open Russia Internet project with the aim of influencing Russia "through political means." He discussed his vision with Voice of America (VOA) correspondent Aleksandr Panov.

Video Life, Death In Ukrainian Foxholes

Ukrainian troops on the front line in Chernokhino, eastern Ukraine, reported coming under mortar and artillery attack despite the cease-fire. Speaking on September 30, they said they had suffered two dead and more than 10 wounded over the previous 10 days. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Slovak Roma Grapple With Social Divisions, Real Walls

Despite broad antidiscrimination laws passed a decade ago, Roma in Slovakia continue to feel the effects of years of institutionalized segregation.

September 2014

Video Georgian On Neighbors In Syria: 'Pure Intention To Help'

Georgia's Pankisi Gorge region, bordering Chechnya, made the news this week as the U.S. government released two lists of people it accuses of working with extremist organizations in Syria, such as the Islamic State. RFE/RL interviewed a man from the region who claims to have known the accused men.

Video Threats Don't Slow Down Afghan Women's Cycling Team

The members of Afghanistan' national cycling team face frequent criticism and even violence from men who consider their behavior to be un-Islamic. But that hasn't deterred them from training hard, competing abroad, and encouraging other young women to exercise their hard-won freedoms.

Video Ukrainian Protesters Hold Mock Funeral With Putin Effigy

A crowd protesting Russian military action in Ukraine held a mock funeral with an effigy of Vladimir Putin in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on September 4th. The coffin was taken to the Russian consulate. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Fukuyama Says Putin Playing A 'Duplicitous Game'

American political scientist Francis Fukuyama says the time has come to "supply serious military equipment" to Ukraine. During a visit to Tbilisi, he spoke with RFE/RL's Georgian Service Bureau Chief Marina Vashakamdze about his views on Russia's strategy as its troops move into eastern Ukraine.

August 2014

Video Displaced Ukrainian Children Head Back To School -- In Siberia

Thousands of children displaced by the fighting in eastern Ukraine are preparing for their first day of school in Russia. In Tomsk, Siberia, many displaced families are scrambling to enroll their children in local schools. Most rely on donations to provide their children with supplies.

Video Fighting On The Streets Of Donetsk

RFE/RL's Andrei Babitsky is in Donetsk and has sent this footage of fierce fighting on the streets of the eastern Ukrainian city this afternoon. (WARNING: Graphic content, including footage of dead bodies)

Video Families Of Detained Russian Soldiers Plead For Information

Ukraine's security services are reported to be holding 10 Russian paratroopers who were captured on Ukrainian territory in recent days. The soldiers, all from a unit based in Kostroma, Russia, have said in filmed statements that they did not know they were being sent into Ukraine.

Video Russia's Food Ban

Gulnara Khamzina, a restaurant owner in Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan, says that Moscow's sanctions on imported Western foods are already affecting her business.

Video Vox Pop: How Are Russia's Food Sanctions Affecting Consumers?

Russia's ban on many Western food imports has driven up prices in the country's grocery stores. But not all Muscovites are concerned; some haven't noticed, and some think Russia can easily weather the economic storm.

Video Ukrainian Military Reinforcing Positions Reclaimed From Rebels

Ukrainian soldiers are reinforcing their positions in areas recently reclaimed from pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. With the help of high-tech gadgetry and brute force, government officers claim they have the upper hand.

Video Ethnic Turkmen In Afghanistan Take Up Arms Against Taliban

Taliban militants have been gaining ground in Afghanistan's Jowzjan Province on the border with Turkmenistan. Ethnic Turkmen residents say there are no government forces there to protect them, so they have persuaded a 65-year-old former warlord to lead a militia against the Taliban.

Video Russians In Latvia

In Latvia, some 13 percent of the population are Russian-speaking noncitizens without the right to vote.

Video Ukrainian Paramilitaries Battle Separatists Near Donetsk

Volunteer paramilitary troops with the Azov, Shahtarsk, Donbas, battalions, along with Right Sector fighters, engaged in intense fighting with separatists forces on the outskirts of Ilovaysk, near the Ukrainian city of Donetsk on August 10.

Video Vox Pop: Russian Tourists On Food-Import Ban

RFE/RL asked Russian tourists in Prague what they thought about Moscow's embargo on most food imports from the United States and the European Union in retaliation for Western sanctions.

Video Donetsk Dolphins, War Evacuees

Two dolphins have been moved from the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine to a dolphinarium in Kharkiv. Trainers said the animals are kept in a stress-free environment as they are expected to resume their performances in two weeks' time. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

July 2014

Video Crippled By Polio, Afghan Official Hopeful For New Law

Sayed Hamid Daqiq, a senior Afghan Finance Mininstry official, hopes that new legislation will help more disabled people meet their full potential.

Video For Pakistani Father, 36 Children Is Not Enough

Despite being displaced by fighting, Gulzar Khan has kept his family united -- no easy task for a man with three wives, a dozen daughters, and two dozen sons.

Video Iraqi Christians Describe Expulsion From Mosul

Some of the Iraqi Christians who were forced to flee rebel-controlled Mosul spoke with RFE/RL in Dohuk, in Iraq's Kurdish region.

Video Romania Fights Graft

Romania's main anticorruption body was in the headlines this month as it pursued bribery charges against the brother of the president.

Video Families Fleeing Luhansk Fighting Arrive In Lviv

About two dozen women and children from the embattled city of Luhansk arrived by train on July 9 in Lviv, in the west of Ukraine. Parents said they left Luhansk fearing for the health and safety of their children as fighting intensified in the city between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces.

Video Remembering A Childhood Meeting With A General, And A Tragedy

Shortly before the July 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic appeared on television reassuring civilians, patting a boy's head, and giving chocolates to children. The boy he met, Izudin Alic, remembers that day as the last time he would see his father.

Video Empty Beaches At Crimea's Tourist Resorts

The Crimean peninsula has traditionally thrived on tourism along its Black Sea coast. But after Russia's annexation of the region in March, the number of tourists has plummeted, leaving restaurants, hotels, and tourist agencies struggling to survive. (RFE/RL)

Video Kravchuk On Putin's 'Philosophy Of Aggression'

Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk says Vladimir Putin's past as a Soviet intelligence officer has affected his "philosophy of aggression" with regard to Russia's neighbors.

Video Yo! How To Swear When The Kremlin Says You Can't

One of the most notorious Russian epithets involves an unpleasant sentiment involving someone's mother -- a phrase that utilizes one of the most pungent sounds in the Russian language, "yo." Russian speakers have invented literally hundreds of G-rated ways to convey the sound without the sentiment.

Video Vox Pop: Will Swearing Ban Make Russians Curse Less?

A law banning swearing in film, theater, and other forms of art took effect in Russia on July 1. RFE/RL asked Moscow residents if they thought the new antiprofanity regulations would make ordinary Russians curse less. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

June 2014

Video U.S. Congressman Calls For Special Karabakh Envoy

U.S. Congressman Chris Smith has addressed the Nagorno-Karabakh issue during his visit to Azerbaijan and called for a special envoy to be named to mediate between Yerevan and Baku regarding the disputed territory.

Video Senator: Washington Will Continue To Press Baku On Rights

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin noted Azerbaijan's "strategic partnership" with the United States in dealing with security issues, such as Iran and Afghanistan, but added Washington will continue to raise human rights problems with the Azerbaijani government.

Video Senator Wicker: Russia's Actions In Ukraine Have 'Familiar Ring From 1930s'

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker described Russia's actions in Ukraine as having a "familiar ring from the 1930s." In an interview with RFE/RL's Arifa Kazimova in Baku, he said it is unacceptable for Russia to violate the borders of a sovereign nation "under the guise of protecting ethnic Russians." In Mar

Video Lenin Monument Dismantled In Dnipropetrovsk

A monument to Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin near a regional government building in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk was dismantled on June 27. Workers used a crane to take apart the bas-relief bearing the words, "The Victory Of Communism Is Inevitable."

Video Vox Pop: Ukrainians React To EU Association Agreement

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko joined the leaders of Georgia and Moldova in signing agreements in Brussels on closer economic ties with the European Union. RFE/RL asked residents of Kyiv for their reactions. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Vox Pop: Georgians React To EU Accord On Closer Ties

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili joined the leaders of Ukraine and Moldova in signing agreements in Brussels on closer economic ties with the European Union. The EU also agreed to closer political ties with Tbilisi. RFE/RL's Georgian Service got reactions from residents of the capital.

Video World War I: Gavrilo Princip's Final Days

On June 28, 1914, Bosnian Serb revolutionary Gavrilo Princip assassinated the heir to Austria-Hungary's throne in Sarajevo, setting in motion events that led to the start of World War I. Princip was imprisoned in a fortress near Prague. A historian describes the assassin's torturous years there.

Video Ukrainian Soldier: 'We're Used As Cannon Fodder'

As troops fight the separatist insurgency in the country's east, a member of Ukraine's National Guard has complained about a lack of proper planning and pleaded with the government for more professional support for Ukrainian military operations.

Video Anti-Putin Song Sung Outside Russian Consulate In Kharkiv

In a pro-Ukraine demonstration outside the Russian consulate in Kharkiv, protesters sang a song about Russian President Vladimir Putin that became popular on the Internet thanks to football fans. Several dozen police were at the event, forming a dense ring between protesters and the consulate.

Video Ukrainian Activists Protest Pro-Putin Pianist In New York

Pro-Ukrainian activists staged a protest outside New York's Carnegie Hall on June 15 during the performance of Russian pianist Denis Matsuev. The musician was among some 500 Russian celebrities who signed an open letter in March supporting President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea.

Video Dnipropetrovsk Mourns Paratroopers Killed In Luhansk

Mourners gathered in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk on June 15 to remember the 49 servicemen killed the day before in an airplane attack near the eastern city of Luhansk. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Kabul Voters Queue To Participate In 'Historic' Election

Amid heightened security, Afghan voters queued to cast their ballots in the runoff presidential election on June 14.

Video June 13

Ukrainian government forces reclaim a southern port city from pro-Russian rebels, Kazakh women confront officials over lost jobs, a university in Georgia hosts a Chinese language contest, plus stories from Pakistan and Russia.

Video Kurdish Peshmerga Fighters Take Control In Kiruk Province

Kurdish Peshmerga forces took up positions abandoned by Iraqi Army units around Kirkuk Province. Kirkuk Governor Najmiddin Karim promised that the province's citizens will be protected against the advance of Sunni Islamist militants.

Video Dzhemilev Says Russia Uses Soviet Tactics To Divide Crimean Tatars

Veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, who has been barred from returning to his homeland after Russia's annexation of Crimea, says Moscow is relying "on the old Soviet policy of dividing the Crimean Tatars."

Video Crimea-Themed Putin T-Shirts Go On Sale Near Kremlin

T-shirts featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin's image have gone on sale at the GUM department store near the Kremlin in Moscow. The campaign was organized by a pro-Kremlin group called "Vsyo Putyom" ("It's All Right"), a pun on the Russian leader's name.

Video June 11

Increased security as traffic police get guns in Pakistan, opposition activists detained in Russia, a rally against the Almaty mayor in Kazakhstan, plus more stories from Russia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Video Hope For Afghan Acid Attack Victim

A donation organized by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan offers a glimmer of hope to Akhtara, a mother of four, who was left severely scarred after her husband's killer threw acid in her face and who had to resort to begging to make ends meet.

Video Vox Pop: Should Volgograd Be Stalingrad Again?

RFE/RL asks Volgograd citizens if they want their city to be called Stalingrad again.

Video Vox Pop: Should St. Petersburg Be Leningrad Again?

RFE/RL asked St. Petersburg residents if they supported Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov's idea of changing their city name back to Leningrad.

Video Iraqi Kurdish Photographers Reach Out to Immigrant Workers, Refugees

The recent economic boom in northern Iraq has attracted thousands of migrant workers from South Asia and Africa. A group of Iraqi Kurdish photographers, moved by their own history as refugees and emigrants, has created a photography outreach project for Syrian refugees and foreign laborers.

Video Fears Of Violence Drive Tattoos' Popularity In Iraq

Tattoo parlors, once a rarity in Iraq, are increasingly common on Baghdad streets as young men seek out fashionable new looks. But there's a darker side to the trend. Tattoo artists say a growing number of clients are choosing tattoos that could help identify them if they become victims of violence.

Video Voting Begins In Kosovo

Polls have opened in Kosovo's snap parliamentary elections. The vote will determine the composition of the parliament, which will then select Kosovo's next prime minister and government. Video from polling stations in Prishtina. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video New Public Smoking Bans Go Into Effect In Russia

With 44 million smokers, Russia is the world’s second largest cigarette market after China. But a new ban on smoking in cafes, bars, and restaurants, which came into effect on June 1, might push some of those smokers to change their habits. (Produced by James Brooke, VOA News)

Video Released Activist Says Donetsk Rebels Use Captives As Forced Labor

An activist recently released from rebel captivity in Donetsk says pro-Russian insurgents occupying the regional state security headquarters make their captives do menial work.

May 2014

Video 'One Romany Dance' Across Europe

Ukrainian-born choreographer Petia Iourtchenko, who performs and teaches Romany dances around the world, says dance is a bridge between cultures and a unifying force for Roma everywhere.

Video Held Captive In A Donetsk 'Dungeon'

In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the regional administration and other major government buildings remain under the control of pro-Russian separatists. Local journalists have reported that people are being held hostage and tortured in the buildings.

Video Kwasniewski Praises Jaruzelski

Former President Aleksander Kwasniewski said late Polish communist leader Wojciech Jaruzelski deserved the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in negotiating a peaceful transition to democracy in the late 1980s.

Video Walesa 'Disappointed' With Obama

Former Polish President Lech Walesa says he is "disappointed" with U.S. President Barack Obama's "lack of leadership" in world affairs. In an interview with RFE/RL in Warsaw ahead of the 25th anniversary of elections that marked the end of communist rule in Poland, the former leader of the Solidarit

Video Walesa: 'Russia Must Change Its Ways'

Former Polish President Lech Walesa has called on Russia to change its policies regarding its neighboring countries. The former leader of the Solidarity freedom movement made the comments in an exclusive interview with RFE/RL in Warsaw ahead of the 25th anniversary of elections that marked the end o

Video Walesa Praises West For Helping Defeat Communism

Former Polish President Lech Walesa says the West played an instrumental role in bringing down communism in his country a quarter of a century ago.

Video U.S. Senator: 'America Stands With Ukraine'

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz said the United States must stand against Russia's "acts of war" in Ukraine.

Video Dzhemilev Hopes Crimea Will Soon Return To Ukraine

Veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev says Crimea could return to Ukraine's fold in several months. In an interview with RFE/RL's Kyiv bureau chief Inna Kuznetsova, Dzhemilev said continued economic pressure on Russia could help speed up the resolution of the Crimean issue.

Video Ukrainian Activist Family Hopes For Change

During Ukraine's mass antigovernment protests early this year, the Trofanyuk family traveled to Kyiv to join the Maidan movement on Independence Square. Now back in their village in western Ukraine, the Trofanyuks are hoping that the early presidential election on May 25 will bring stability.

Video Lech Walesa Criticizes Protest Leaders

Former Polish President Lech Walesa has criticized leaders of Ukraine's pro-European Maidan protest movement for failing to negotiate with the former government, thus giving Russia a pretext for intervention.

Video Iraqi Mandaeans Celebrate Religious Holiday In Kurdistan

Members of Iraq's Mandaean minority, who practice a distinct and ancient monotheistic religion, this week observed one of their holiest rituals, known as the Golden Baptism. The celebration took place in the Kurdistan region, where many Mandaeans from southern Iraq have sought refuge from violence.

Video Chez Yanukovych: Displaced Families In Ukraine

Some Ukrainian families displaced from Crimea and the country's east have settled at the former residence of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Mezhyhirya, near Kyiv.

Video Russian Gay Rights Advocates Fear Closure Of NGO

The St. Petersburg-based organization Vykhod -- translated as Exit, or Coming Out -- offers support to the LGBT community in Russia, where laws against "homosexual propaganda" make it a crime to publicly promote gay rights. Leaders of the organization say they are coming under pressure.

Video Crimean Tatars Pray For 1944 Deportation Victims

Mosques across Crimea dedicated Friday Prayers to the victims of the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars. May 18 marks of the 70th anniversary of the forcible removal of more than 200,000 Crimean Tatars from the peninsula, ordered by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Ukrainian Miner Describes Torture In Rebel Captivity

Oleksandr Hurov, a 36-year-old coal miner from Novohradovka in eastern Ukraine, says he was kidnapped and tortured by pro-Russian rebels after he took down a separatist flag from the main government building in his hometown.

Video Afghanistan's First Female Cabbie

Sahra Bahayi says she is the first female taxi driver in Afghanistan. Though her claim is hard to prove, the teacher and driver in Mazar-e Sharif is among very few Afghan women who drive at all. She faces threats, harassment, and accusations that her behavior is un-Islamic.

Video Interview: U.S. Diplomat Richard Stengel On Ukrainian Elections

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel visited Ukraine as part of efforts to promote a diplomatic solution to the current crisis. Stengel spoke to RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service about how the United States plans to support Ukraine's early presidential electi

Video Russian State TV Anchor: 'Propaganda Is Journalism'

Andrei Kondrashov is one of 300 media professionals awarded by Russian President Vladimir Putin for their coverage of events in Crimea. He says he sees no difference between journalism and propaganda.

Video Ukrainian Teenager Recovers After Limb Amputation

Sixteen-year-old Oleksandr Kozlovsky was brought to the Czech Republic for medical treatment after being shot in the leg during pro-European demonstrations in February.

Video Muslims In Prague Protest Against Police Raid

Hundreds of Muslims held Friday prayers outdoors near the Czech Interior Ministry in Prague on May 2. The gathering was held as a protest against a police raid during last week's Friday prayers at the Islamic Foundation in Prague, where forces detained an unknown number of Muslims.

Video Amid Ukraine Crisis, Russia Vies For Influence In Central Asia

Amid continuing tensions in Ukraine, Russia has been hard at work reconsolidating its influence in countries of Central Asia.

Video Interview: EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele (Part 3)

In an interview with RFE/RL, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said that the EU's faith in a "win-win" policy of building a united Europe has failed.

Video Interview: EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele (Part 2)

In an interview with RFE/RL, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has introduced a type of foreign policy in which there are no rules.

Video Interview: EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele (Part 1)

In an interview with RFE/RL, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said that he regrets not pursuing more comprehensive talks with Russia at an earlier time.

April 2014

Video 10-Year-Olds Answer: What Is The EU?

May 1 marked the 10th anniversary of the accession of 10 new member states to the European Union. In the Czech capital, Prague, RFE/RL asked fifth-grade students if they knew the significance of the anniversary.

Video As Europe Lifts Visa Regime For Moldova, A Family Reunites

As of April 28, Moldovans can travel to the European Union without visas for the first time. Domnica Vasilachi, a farmer in the village of Suric, is one Moldovan who is seizing the opportunity to go abroad for the first time, making plans to finally meet her two young grandsons in Greece.

Video Interview: Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili sat down for an interview at RFE/RL's headquarters in Prague on April 25 with Georgian Service correspondent Salome Asatiani. Margvelashvili discussed what he would like to say to Russian President Vladimir Putin in potential talks.

Video RFE/RL Interview: Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti

Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti sat down for an interview at RFE/RL's headquarters in Prague on April 25 with Moldovan Service director Oana Serafim. He discussed Russia's actions in Crimea and reiterated the call for Moscow to withdraw its troops from Moldovan territory.

Video 'Black Stallion' Folk Dance Revival Sweeps Kyrgyzstan

At weddings, on dance floors, and even in shopping malls, young Kyrgyz like to show off the dance moves known as Kara Jorgo, or the "Black Stallion." It's a folk dance that was once nearly lost to time, but has seen a sudden revival amid a growing interest in traditional Kyrgyz culture.

Video Calm In Donetsk, But Fears Remain

Away from the two government buildings being held by pro-Russian separatists, normal life goes on in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. (VOA)

Video A Moldovan Village Pulled In Two Directions

The Moldovan village of Dorotcaia lies close to the administrative border of Transdniester -- and some residents think their town would be better off joining the breakaway region. But others worry that recent calls for a referendum on joining Transdniester have been driven by misinformation.

Video 'We Don't Need Russia's Help' - Donetsk Residents Rally For Sovereign Ukraine

Thousands attended a pro-Ukrainian rally the eastern city of Donetsk on April 17 despite security worries as armed separatists continued to occupy government buildings in the Donbas region.

Video Interview: Afghan Presidential Candidate Ashraf Ghani

Afghan presidential frontrunner Ashraf Ghani said that he is prepared to contest a runoff election if necessary in order to ensure a strong mandate.

Video Interview: Kyrgyzstan's New Prime Minister

Newly-appointed Kyrgyz Prime Minister Joomart Otorbaev sat down for an interview with RFE/RL's Venera Djumataeva in Bishkek on April 17.

Video In Shift Toward Free Speech, Turkmens Voice Anger With Government

Under Turkmenistan's repressive regime, speaking out against the government can land the speaker in jail. But in recent interviews with RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, some citizens have begun to speak up for their rights, expressing anger with bureaucracy, corruption, and the lack of social services.

Video Ukraine's Acting Foreign Minister Says Evidence Proves Russian Role In Unrest

Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya says evidence proves Russia's involvement in the destabilization of eastern Ukraine. In an interview to RFE/RL on April 14, he said the militant takeover of several eastern Ukrainian cities simultaneously was identical to the actions of pro-Russia

Video  Rebuilt After War, Bosnian Library Is Ready To Reopen

After a long and costly reconstruction project, the Bosnian National Library has been restored to its former grandeur and is ready to open to the public.

Video Prague Global Forum Provides Anticorruption Platform

Interview with Norman Eisen, the U.S. Ambassador To The Czech Republic, Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute.

Video 'We Want Ukraine's East To Be Heard' -- Pro-Russia Activists In Donetsk

RFE/RL spoke to some of the pro-Russian activists rallying outside the occupied regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 8. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Russian Senators' 'Solidarity' Ends At European Borders

Members of Russia's upper house issued a "declaration of solidarity" with Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matviyenko, who is on U.S. and EU sanctions lists over the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea. RFE/RL's Russian Service asked senators what the statement meant to them.

Video Pro-Russian Protesters Seize Luhansk SBU Headquarters

Pro-Russia demonstrators seized the regional headquarters of the SBU state security service on April 6 in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk.

Video Election Analysis: Afghan Vote Sends Message To The Taliban

As polls closed in Afghanistan's presidential election, RFE/RL correspondent Frud Bezhan reports from Kabul that the relatively peaceful process has sent a powerful message to the Taliban about Afghans' desire for democracy.

Video Vox Pop: Afghan Voters Share Hopes For Peace And Stability

As Afghans cast their ballots for a new president on April 5, many voters expressed optimism that the election can bring positive changes.

Video Afghans Vote In Mazar-e Sharif

Afghan voters lined up outside polling stations in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif as voting opened in the country's presidential election. Local officials said that the early turnout was higher than expected. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video April 4

Rallies and boycotts in Ukraine, a violent protest in Kyrgyzstan, a mass grave in Pakistan, plus other reports from Pakistan and Tajikistan.

Video Vox Pop: Western Ukraine Residents Boycott Russian Goods

RFE/RL spoke to shoppers in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv who are boycotting Russian products amid tensions over Moscow's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

Video Vox Pop: EU Or Russia? Transdniestrians Discuss Region's Future

RFE/RL's Moldova Service asked residents of Tiraspol, the capital of Moldova's breakaway pro-Russian Transdniester region, to comment on Chisinau's course to join the European Union and share their views on the region's prospects for the next five years. (RFE/RL's Moldova Service)

Video Vox Pop: Gagauz Minority On Moldova's EU Course

Members of Moldova's Gagauz ethnic minority shared their views with RFE/RL on Chisinau's push to join the European Union.

Video Flash Analysis: Afghanistan's Presidential Election

As Afghanistan prepares to vote for a new president on April 5, RFE/RL's regional director for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Akbar Ayazi, discusses the front-running candidates, the shaky security situation, and the measures put in place to help ensure a free and fair vote.

Video Ukrainian National Guard Recruits Demonstrate Their New Combat Skills

Ukraine's newly formed National Guard has been hard at work learning to defend the country amid fears of Russian incursions into Ukraine's eastern regions. At a base near Kyiv, the volunteers showed off their new skills to acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Afghan Women Hope For Change As Election Nears

As Afghans prepare to vote in the country's presidential election on April 5, some female voters feel that the stakes are especially high for them. They are hoping that the election results will bring stability and prosperity, and preserve the rights that Afghan women have gained.

Video Kyiv Riot Police Disarm Right Sector Members

Ukrainian riot police have disarmed members of the ultranationalist Right Sector group, who were staying in Kyiv's Dnipro Hotel. Ukraine's interior minister ordered the action after an alleged shooting by a Right Sector member left three injured. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Veteran Crimean Tatar Leader: 'We Don't Believe Russian Promises'

Veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev said Crimean Tatars had little reason to trust Moscow after being forced out of their native land by tsarist and then Soviet authorities.

Video Inside A Tuberculosis Hospital In Turkmenistan

Video shot inside a hospital for tuberculosis patients in Tagtabazar, in Turkmenistan's southeastern Mary Province, shows poor conditions, including Soviet-era iron beds and an outdoor hose that substitutes for indoor plumbing. (Video by RFE/RL's Turkmen Service)

March 2014

Video Ukraine's Right Sector Seeks Volunteers

Ukraine's ultranationalist Right Sector movement has set up a recruitment center in the capital, Kyiv. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Border-Town Activists Ready To Defend Ukraine

Dozens of people staged a rally on March 30 in the Ukrainian city of Sumy, near the country's eastern border, amid fears of further Russian incursions into Ukraine. Activists said they were ready to defend Ukraine against Russia. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video March 25

Tight security in Kabul following a suicide attack, Kyrgyz women's rights activists march for peace, and a protest in Pakistan against the abduction of civilians, plus stories from Russia, Armenia, and Georgia.

Video Crimean Tatar Woman Fears War

Khatidzhe, an elderly Crimean Tatar woman, recalls World War II and the deportation of Crimean Tatars from their native land, and shares her fears of a new war in the wake of Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian region.

Video Afghan Village Chief Describes Problems On The Turkmenistan Border

Ghulam Rasool is a local leader in an Afghan village just across the border from Turkmenistan. He says the southward migration of the river that divides the two countries, the Amu-Darya, is destroying villages on the Afghan side of the border.

Video Afghan Villager Says He Was Tortured By Turkmen Authorities

Abdul Ghaffar is a resident of an Afghan village on the border with Turkmenistan. He was arrested and jailed in Turkmenistan for trespassing on land he claims should belong to Afghanistan, not Turkmenistan.

Video Afghan Villager Discusses Alleged Abuse By Turkmen Authorities

Abdul Ghaffar is a resident of an Afghan village on the border with Turkmenistan. He was arrested and jailed in Turkmenistan for trespassing on land he claims should belong to Afghanistan, not Turkmenistan.

Video Radio Azadi Nominates Ihsanullah Bayat As The Norouz "Person of the Year"

The "Person of the Year" award is selected and presented by Radio Azadi annually on the occasion of Norouz, the Persian New Year, and recognizes exceptional individual contributions to peace, democracy and culture in Afghanistan.

Video Kharkiv Reservists Mobilized Amid Tensions With Russia

Ukrainian authorities have mobilized reservists amid tensions with Russia following the annexation of Crimea.

Video Ukrainian National Guard Recruits Undergo Training

About 500 newly-recruited Ukrainian National Guard troops conducted training exercises near Kyiv on March 17. They were taught to fire Kalashnikov rifles and rocket-propelled grenades along with the basics of unarmed combat. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video 'I Expect An Excellent Life' -- Crimeans On Joining Russia

Simferopol residents share their views with RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service on the prospect of Crimea seceding from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation.

Video The Lighter Side -- March 8-14

An emergency gorilla delivery, the birth of endangered Sumatran tigers, and a multimillion dollar "chicken cup" are the stories in this week's Lighter Side, which compiles some of the more quirky stories from around the world.

Video Merkel Warns Russia Of 'Massive' Damage Over Crimea

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Russia it risks "massive" political and economic damage over its actions in Crimea. Addressing German lawmakers March 13 in Berlin, Merkel said the EU's relationship with Russia would change if Moscow continued its course of the past weeks.

Video Russia Holds Military Exercises Near Ukrainian Border

Russian troops conducted overnight training in Rostov Oblast near the Ukrainian border as tensions grew ahead of a planned referendum in Crimea that could lead to the Ukrainian region's annexation by Russia.

Video Obama Says Russia Faces Costs Over Ukraine Intervention

U.S. President Barack Obama met with new Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House on March 12 to underline their joint opposition to a planned referendum in Crimea.

Video March 11

Thousands gather as Afghanistan's vice president is laid to rest, Ukrainian protesters demand sanctions against Russia, a Belarusian political activist is released from prison, plus stories from Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.

Video Bosnian Protests Dwindle, But Economic Troubles Run Deep

While the widespread protests in Bosnia-Herzegovina over economic woes that demonstrators blame on government corruption and inefficiency have abated, the underlying causes have not. Mirna Sadikovic of RFE/RL's Balkan Service reports on the Bosnians who are struggling just to buy food.

Video Tetyana Chornovol Speaks To Lady Liberty From The Maidan

Tetyana Chornovol, one of ousted Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych’s most outspoken critics, gained international notoriety in December 2013 when she was savagely beaten by unknown assailants just hours after she published an article alleging high-level government corruption.

Video Pakistan Struggles To Find Missing Children (English narration)

Thousands of children are abducted in Pakistan every year, kidnapped for ransom or sold into sexual trafficking or begging gangs. Some never make it home. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on how Pakistan is struggling to cope.

Video Chicago Ukrainian Community Prays For Peace In Ukraine

As tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine in the wake of a military incursion on the Crimean Peninsula, Ukrainian Americans are closely watching developments.

Video Crimean Tatar Leader Announces Referendum Boycott

Refat Chubarov, the leader of Crimea's Tatar minority, has denounced a vote by the territory's pro-Russian lawmakers to join Russia and called for a boycott of a referendum planned for March 16 in which Crimean residents will be asked whether they want to join Russia.

Video Vox Pop: Georgians Share Their Views On Russian Intervention In Crimea

Georgian citizens spoke to RFE/RL's Belarus Service on March 5 in Tbilisi, sharing their views about Russia's military intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea.

Video Putin Unfazed As Ukraine Crisis Continues

Russian President Vladimir Putin's intervention in Ukraine may have raised the consternation of the West, but at home he remains popular and his economy is, so far, intact.

Video Ukrainian Children Send Toy Soldiers To Putin

Activists from Ukraine's Euromaidan Civic Sector and several children have prepared packages with toy soldiers and guns to send to Russian President Vladimir Putin amid Russia's intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea. The children told RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service in Kyiv they wanted Putin to

Video Interview: Revelations In The Yanukovych Papers

Journalist Natalie Sedletska is part of a team investigating documents left behind by ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych at his residence outside Kyiv.

Video Thousands Protest In Sumy Against Russian Intervention

An estimated 10,000 people attended a rally in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy on March 2 to protest Russia's intervention in Crimea. Demonstrators held up banners saying, "We are not Russia," "Putin, hands off Ukraine," "Russia, stop Putin," and sang the Ukrainian national anthem.

Video Homemade Museum Preserves Spirit Of Turkmen Folk Music

To preserve the songs of Turkmen traditional musicians, a retired civil engineer in Ashgabat has started a "Museum of Bagshys" in his own home. (Video by Soltan Achilova, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service)

February 2014

Video Kyiv Crowds React To Announcement Of Cabinet

Ukrainian leaders, speaking to large crowds on Kyiv's Independence Square, named their nominees for an interim cabinet on the evening of February 26. The announcements prompted reactions ranging from cheers to cries of "Shame" and "Go shoot yourself." (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Uluu Pamir -- The Plight Of A Kyrgyz Tribe

The documentary film "Uluu Pamir" recounts the long journey of the Pamiri Kyrgyz. It takes a close look at their current situation in the village they call "Uluu Pamir" (Great Pamir) in the Van region of eastern Turkey.

Video Ukrainians Honor Victims Of Clashes In Kyiv

Hundreds of people in the Ukrainian capital laid flowers, lit candles, and left crosses at makeshift memorials on February 25 to pay their respects to those killed in clashes with government forces.

Video Calm Vigilance On Kyiv's Independence Square

It was a relatively calm morning on Kyiv's Independence Square after the violence and rapid political events of the previous days. On February 22, citizens maintained their patrols and candles were lit to honor the dead killed in clashes with security forces. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Dead Protesters Honored In Kyiv's Independence Square

In the center of Kyiv, ceremonies were held to say farewell to those killed during intense clashes between security forces and antigovernment protesters. Coffins of the dead were carried through the crowds on Independence Square.

Video Sniper Takes Aim At Protesters In Kyiv

Security Forces opened fire with live ammunition on antigovernment protesters in Kyiv. A sniper with the Ukrainian government forces was seen taking aim on February 20 before pulling back.

Video Chechen Survivor Remembers Stalin's Deportation

Seventy years ago, Mukhazhar Dzhabrailova and her family were deported from their village under the orders of Soviet leader Josef Stalin. She was the only member of her family to survive. (Video by RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service)

Video Violent, Dramatic Clash In Ukraine's Capital

In Ukraine, antigovernment protesters engaged in a violent, pitched battle with security forces as they drove them back from Kyiv's Shovkovychna Street in a hail of stones. (WARNING: graphic violence) (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Afghan Presidential Debate - Day 2

Candidates running in Afghanistan's presidential election on April 5 laid out their viewpoints in televised debates sponsored jointly by Afghan National Radio and TV and RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan (Radio Azadi). In the second round, three candidates -- former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani, form

Video Life At Ukraine's Euromaidan

In the center of Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, a complex community has been created to support ongoing antigovernment protests. Demonstrators have built kitchens, organized self-defense groups, set up a first-aid station, started their own library, and have been entertained by folk and pop musicians. (Vi

Video Tajik Man Speaks After Antigay Attack

A Tajik man who was attacked after speaking out about life as a homosexual in his country returned to speak with RFE/RL's Tajik Service about the assault.

Video By The Numbers: Journalists Targeted In Ukraine

According to a new report by a Kyiv-based nongovernmental press freedom organization, 136 journalists have been beaten, injured, detained, or had their equipment damaged since the start of antigovernment protests in November 2013.

Video Olympic Torchbearer Defends Sochi Costs

In a wide-ranging interview with RFE/RL's Moscow Bureau Chief Leonid Velekhov, veteran Russian figure skater and politician Irina Rodnina, who won three Olympic gold medals, defended the costs of the 2014 winter games before she traveled to Sochi to participate in the opening ceremony.

Video Innovations - February 6

A prosthetic hand sends sensory information to its wearer's brain, engineers turn pollution into plastic, and objects levitate with the help of sound waves.

Video Gay-Rights Activists Call For Action From Olympics Sponsors

Activists rallied in New York on February 5 to call on sponsors of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi to speak out against Russian antigay legislation. The event was organized by gay-rights group All Out and took place simultaneously in some 20 cities around the world.

Video RFE/RL Ukrainian Journalist Demonstrates Homemade Body Armor

To counter the unexpectedly ferocious response by government forces against journalists, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service video journalist Yevhen Solonyna created a metal jacket for added protection during coverage of violent antigovernment protests in Kyiv.

Video OSCE Diplomat Sees 'Opportunity For Peace' In Nagorno-Karabakh

U.S. diplomat James Warlick, a co-chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group, has said that there is a "window of opportunity" for a resolution between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Video Pashtun Climber Scales New Heights For Women

Twenty-seven-year-old Nazia Parveen is a pioneering Pakistani rock-climber who says the sport has given her the confidence to stand up to critics of her nontraditional pursuit. (Produced by Zaland Yousafzai of RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal and Margot Buff)

Video Locals Recount Finding 'Abducted' Ukrainian Activist

RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service traveled to the village of Vyshenky in Kyiv Oblast to speak with local residents who found Dmytro Bulatov -- one of the leaders of Automaidan, the automotive flank of Ukraine's Euromaidan protests -- who said he was abducted, beaten, and then abandoned by his captors.

Video Tajik Gay: 'I Don't Want To Be Killed'

After years of hiding his true sexual identity, a Tajik homosexual has shared his story with RFE/RL's Tajik Service.

January 2014

Video Former Croatian President Speaks To RFE/RL's Balkan Service On Its 20th Anniversary

Former Croatian President Stjepan Mesić congratulates RFE/RL's Balkan Service on its 20th anniversary, noting the bravery of the journalists who founded the service during the height of the Bosnian War.

Video Russian By Birth, Muslim By Choice

For Muslim converts, like Sabira and Bogdan in the Russian region of Tatarstan, Islam offers not only a new faith, but also a new way of life.

Video Sochi 2014: Dirty Games

Locals and environmentalists say the intense building effort ahead of the Sochi Olympics has generated mountains of garbage and streams of toxic waste, damaged the ecosystem, and destroyed wildlife sanctuaries.

Video The Lighter Side - January 24

Russian acrobats win the Golden Clown award, a probe sends a message from deep space, and Mexican priests bless family pets in this look at the week's light news from around the world.

Video Nihoyan's Father, Fellow Villagers Remember Slain Ukrainian Protester

In the village of Bereznuvativka in Ukraine's eastern Dnipropetrovsk region, Harik Nihoyan, the father of Serhiy Nihoyan -- one of the first victims of violent clashes between demonstrators and police in Kyiv -- told RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service that his son participated in the antigovernment protests

Video Body Of Killed Ukrainian Protester Leaves Makeshift Hospital

Demonstrators sang the Ukrainian national anthem as the body of a protester killed amid violent clashes with police January 22 was brought out of a makeshift hospital in Kyiv and loaded into an ambulance. (Video by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Police Retreat After Attempt To Dismantle Protest Camp In Kyiv

Hundreds of riot police attempted to break through barricades built by antigovernment protesters on Hrushevsky Street in central Kyiv. Police later retreated as the demonstrators regrouped and rebuilt parts of the barricades. (Reuters video)

Video In Afghan Drug Trade, Addicts Are Forgotten Casualties

Afghanistan's opium industry not only fuels massive exports -- it also supplies a growing number of addicts within its own borders.

Video Ukrainian RFE/RL Journalists Describe Beatings

RFE/RL Ukrainian Service journalists Dmytro Barkar and Igor Iskhakov were beaten and detained by police while covering clashes in Kyiv on January 20. After their release, they described those events.

Video Lenin's Legacy?

With January 21 marking 90 years since the death of Vladimir Lenin, RFE/RL asked young people from various former Soviet republics what the Bolshevik leader means to them.

Video Ukrainians Voice Concern At 'Scary' New Laws

A day after Ukraine's parliament passed legislation that limits freedom of speech, cracks down on street protesters, and punishes opposition lawmakers, residents of Kyiv expressed grave concerns over the new laws. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video First Female Police Chief Takes Charge In Kabul District

Afghanistan's Interior Ministry has named Colonel Jamila Bayaz as a district police chief in Kabul, making her the first woman to hold that role in the country. RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan spent some time with Bayaz on the job in Kabul's District 1.

Video Families Find Second Home On Kyiv's Independence Square

Entire families have made tents their home in Kyiv's Independence Square as pro-EU demonstrations continue in the Ukrainian capital. RFE/RL met with members of two such families.

Video The Lighter Side

Ice sculptures shine in China, Christians swim for a blessing in Istanbul, and a baby panda makes its debut in this roundup of lighter stories from around the world.

Video As Activists Block NATO Supplies, Pakistani Truckers Feel The Pinch

Activists have prevented Afghan-bound NATO supplies from crossing through northwest Pakistan for over a month in an effort to pressure the U.S. to stop drone strikes. Local transport is nearly at a standstill. (Produced by Daud Khattak, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)



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